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WASHINGTON (LifeSiteNews) — President Joe Biden’s nominee to help run an important foreign aid agency is running into a roadblock due to his support for partial-birth abortions.

Atul Gawande, Biden’s nominee for assistant administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) supports partial-birth abortion.

USAID is tasked with carrying out foreign aid distribution and oversight, and President Biden has prioritized abortion funding as a policy goal for the agency.

Pro-life groups and politicians have criticized Gawande’s support for abortion and warned about allowing his confirmation.

Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio delayed a vote on Gawande’s nomination in the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. “Atul Gawande’s defense of infanticide is disqualifying,” Rubio said in an October 19 statement.

Rubio placed a “hold” on the nominee, which means the nomination cannot move forward without at least 60 votes.

He called on Biden to withdraw his USAID assistant administrator nominee. “Infanticide should be condemned, not celebrated, but Gawande’s radical, anti-life views are becoming mainstream in today’s Democratic Party,” Rubio said. “President Biden should withdraw Gawande’s nomination and replace him with someone who is committed to upholding the agency’s mission of saving lives.”

Pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List likewise took issue with Gawande and called him an “abortion extremist.”

“This barbaric method was designed to ensure an accidental birth of a LIVE late-term baby wouldn’t happen,” the group said.

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UPDATE 10/29/2021:

Joe Biden claims Pope Francis said he should continue receiving Holy Communion, despite the president's radical, anti-Catholic support for abortion. Biden asserted that the pontiff “was happy I’m a good Catholic,” and that the president should “keep receiving Communion.”

Please SIGN this urgent petition to Pope Francis urging him to clarify what he told Biden at his private audience in Rome. Biden should be facing formal excommunication because of his public and obstinate promotion of abortion, but instead we have the perverse situation in which he claims to have the blessing of the pope to sacrilegiously receive Our Lord in the Holy Eucharist. Pope Francis must clarify what exactly was said in order to avoid scandal and being complicit in such grave sin. If Joe Biden wishes to return to communion with the Church he must immediately and publicly stop and repent from his active support of the culture of death.

To ensure that this petition reaches Pope Francis, it will also be CC'ed to the Papal Nuncio of the United States, Archbishop Christophe Pierre, as well as to the Chairman of the Pro-Life Committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Archbishop Joseph Naumann.

Indeed, Joe Biden recently proposed a budget which would eliminate the Hyde Amendment, potentially allowing billions of taxpayer dollars to go to the funding of abortion domestically.

So, it is now an indisputable fact that Joe Biden, himself, is forcing abortion on the American public as well as around the world (e.g., Biden's executive order abolishing the Mexico City Policy).

However, since we know that the Church prioritizes abortion as the "pre-eminent" moral issue, and also how the pope has recently reiterated the teaching that abortion is "homicide," we ask the Pope to ensure that Biden's scandalous claim be clarified and his support for abortion be condemned.

This is the prime opportunity for the pope to make it crystal clear to Biden: Promoting abortion is absolutely and utterly incompatible with being in communion with the Church, and that those politicians who publicly and obstinately support abortion effectively put themselves outside communion with the Church, but also merit formal excommunication.

Joe Biden's active and concentrated promotion of abortion since he took office only 9 months ago is a grave scandal to the faithful of the United States, and to Catholics everywhere.

But, perhaps even more scandalous is the USCCB's decision not to directly and publicly address how Biden's radical, public promotion of abortion affects his standing in the Church.

The silence from our American shepherds is deafening.

Therefore, Pope Francis must now intervene to protect both the Holy Eucharist and our preborn brothers and sisters from death, to protect authentic Church teaching from deceitful "Catholics" like Joe Biden, and to protect the faithful from the grievous scandal caused by Biden's claims, action and the intolerable dithering and "dialoging" engaged in by the USCCB.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

'Biden will meet with Pope Francis to discuss ‘human dignity,’ but abortion left off agenda'

'Biden restores foreign aid to abortion by repealing Mexico City Policy'

'Removing the Hyde Amendment in Biden’s proposed budget will set a precedent'

ORIGINAL PETITION:

Joe Biden is scheduled to meet Pope Francis in Rome in a rapidly approaching audience on October 29th.

Please SIGN this urgent petition to Pope Francis urging him to tell Biden that he will face formal excommunication because of his public and obstinate promotion of abortion, and that if he wishes to return to communion with the Church he must immediately and publicly stop and repent from his active support of the culture of death.

To ensure that this petition reaches Pope Francis, it will also be CC'ed to the Papal Nuncio of the United States, Archbishop Christophe Pierre, as well as to the Chairman of the Pro-Life Committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Archbishop Joseph Naumann.

Indeed, Joe Biden recently proposed a budget which would eliminate the Hyde Amendment, potentially allowing billions of taxpayer dollars to go to the funding of abortion domestically.

So, it is now an indisputable fact that Joe Biden, himself, is forcing abortion on the American public as well as around the world (e.g., Biden's executive order abolishing the Mexico City Policy).

But, reports suggest that the pope and Biden are only supposed to speak about COVID and climate change...

However, since we know that the Church prioritizes abortion as the "pre-eminent" moral issue, and also how the pope has recently reiterated the teaching that abortion is "homicide," we ask the Pope to ensure that Biden's scandalous support of abortion become the central focus of their meeting.

This is the prime opportunity for the pope to make it crystal clear to Biden: Promoting abortion is absolutely and utterly incompatible with being in communion with the Church, and that those politicians who publicly and obstinately support abortion effectively put themselves outside communion with the Church, but also merit formal excommunication.

Joe Biden's active and concentrated promotion of abortion since he took office only 9 months ago is a grave scandal to the faithful of the United States, and to Catholics everywhere.

But, perhaps even more scandalous is the USCCB's decision not to directly and publicly address how Biden's radical, public promotion of abortion affects his standing in the Church.

The silence from our American shepherds is deafening.

Therefore, Pope Francis must now intervene to protect our preborn brothers and sisters from death, to protect authentic Church teaching from deceitful "Catholics" like Joe Biden, and to protect the faithful from the grievous scandal caused by Biden's action and the intolerable dithering and "dialoging" engaged in by the USCCB.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

'Biden will meet with Pope Francis to discuss ‘human dignity,’ but abortion left off agenda' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/biden-will-meet-with-pope-francis-to-discuss-human-dignity-abortion-left-off-agenda/

'Biden restores foreign aid to abortion by repealing Mexico City Policy' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/biden-restores-foreign-aid-to-abortion-with-repeal-of-mexico-city-policy/

'Removing the Hyde Amendment in Biden’s proposed budget will set a precedent' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/blogs/removing-the-hyde-amendment-in-bidens-proposed-budget-will-set-a-precedent/

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“A federal ban on the barbaric partial-birth abortion method was enacted in 2003, and upheld by the Supreme Court in 2007,” SBA List noted. “But Biden’s USAID nominee, Atul Gawande, sees nothing wrong with the procedure.”

Pro-abortion group thinks the nominee does not go far enough

Criticism of Gawande goes back to a 1998 opinion piece from the nominee, written during a debate over a ban on partial-birth abortion. President Bill Clinton vetoed the legislation, but President George W. Bush later signed a ban, which stands to this day.

“Partial-birth abortion is, if anything, less grotesque,” Gawande wrote in a 1998 Slate article. His position in the opinion piece is that pro-lifers were strategically wrong to pursue a ban on partial-birth abortions and that just because the abortion procedure is “gross” it does not make it wrong.

“It seems hardly anyone uses partial-birth abortion, and if it’s banned, almost no one will miss it,” Gawande, who is a surgeon, said in his article. “That partial-birth abortion is rare and inessential makes it easier, no doubt,” for pro-abortion politicians to support a ban on it, he argued.

Pro-abortion group Equity Forward said his 1998 essay showed he leaned too much toward the pro-life side, but it said he is now more supportive of abortion, if he was not back then.

“Gawande has a complicated record regarding reproductive health, rights, and justice, having authored controversial articles in the past that came across as especially problematic when evaluated through a modern lens,” the group wrote in an entry about him. “However, in recent years, he has signaled support for abortion rights, finding particular issue with anti-abortion tactics and medical malpractice.”

USAID has a history of supporting eugenics, abortion

The agency has a history of supporting sterilization, abortion and eugenics.

“Documents reveal that USAID has for more than two decades been at the helm of India’s family planning programs, not just funding them, but overseeing and orchestrating the entire program,” LifeSiteNews reported in 2015.

In 2010, the agency undertook a marketing effort to convince Filipino women to take contraceptives to suppress their fertility, as previously reported by LifeSiteNews.

President Donald’s Trump policy for the agency was to ensure it protected religious liberty and did not fund abortions.

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